For what is planned as its first in-person season since March 2020, the 92nd Street Y is bringing in a bevy of stage and screen stars, and a robust slate of authors, which will include Susan Orlean, Colm Toibin and Colson Whitehead.
Whitehead, whose 2016 novel “The Underground Railroad” won a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Amazon series this year, will kick off the season with the first public reading from his new novel, “Harlem Shuffle,” on Sept. 14. He’ll be followed by the Irish novelist Colm Toibin, who on Sept. 17 will read from his new novel, “The Magician,” a portrait of Thomas Mann and the times in which he lived.
Also in the lineup are Susan Orlean, who will read from her new book, “On Animals” (Oct. 25); Louise Erdrich, reading from her new novel, “The Sentence” (Nov. 11); and Rita Dove (Nov. 15), the former U.S. poet laureate, who wrote about living with multiple sclerosis in her new book, “Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems.”
The season also includes political players: The Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer will appear with the investor David Rubenstein (Sept. 13); and Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, will discuss his new book, “Midnight in Washington,” with the Pulitzer-winning biographer Ron Chernow (Oct. 12).
Stage and screen personalities will also be represented: The CNN anchor Anderson Cooper (Sept. 21), the E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt (Sept. 29), and the Broadway and TV actress Sutton Foster (Oct. 13) will stop by to discuss their new books.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the 92nd Street Y said, it will also present a full season of dance performances at Kaufmann Concert Hall. Performers include Hope Boykin (Oct. 21) and the tap dancers Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia (Dec. 16).
Under the protocols in place now, adults must show proof of vaccination to attend any live event (most events will also include an option to watch online), and masks will be required for everyone over age 2, regardless of vaccination status. A full lineup, including some virtual-only events, can be found at 92y.org.